Exam preparation materials

American History on the Internet

There are innumerable websites on the internet that can be helpful to you in preparing for the AP history exam. AP teachers and even students who have taken the exam have set up websites that may include lecture notes, important historical documents, sample DBQs and standard essays, test-taking hints, and links to relevant American history sites. These can be interesting to look at even if just to see what your peers are doing. Be aware, however, that the sites are as good as the people who put them together and may not contain the most up-to-date information about the exam.

We believe that the best use of the Internet is to locate the wide variety of primary sources in American history that an AP student should be able to handle. The National Archives and Records Administration’s Digital Classroom (http://www.nara.gov/education/classrm.html) uses documents such as letters, census schedules, photographs to examine a broad range of historical questions from how barbed wire changed the West to why the United States became involved in the Korean War. The site also has worksheets that will help you learn how to analyze cartoons, maps, photographs, and text documents. The American Memory Project, the digitized historical collections from the Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.html), is a tremendously rich source of information on cultural, social, economic, and political history of the United States. Finally the Yale Law School Avalon Project (http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/ avalon/avalon.htm) provides access to a tremendous variety of texts from the Age of Exploration through Vietnam and the Cold War.

Here is a list of other American history sites that you might want to check out:

AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History


American and British History Resources on the Internet


Archives, Documents/Databases, and Societies in American History

http://hist.unt.edu/09w-amn1 .htm History Matters

http://historymatters.gmu.edu History On-Line


Making of America


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